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Veteran Senator Opposes Deal Involving Smithfield Foods

Veteran Senator Opposes Deal Involving Smithfield Foods

A leading farm state senator is fighting the proposed sale of Smithfield Foods to a Chinese firm. Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley does not want a foreign company to dominate pork production. Grassley also fears the Chinese will ignore America’s safety rules for meat packing plants. The Chinese won’t be able to buy Smithfield Foods without federal approval. Smithfield is one of Virginia’s largest food producers.